One form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has experienced a significant rise in profile and popularity over the last 20 years is cupping therapy. What is Chinese cupping? This form of alternative medicine is used to relieve the symptoms of a variety of health problems, ranging from anxiety and fatigue to stiff muscles, back and neck pain, rheumatism and more. If you’re looking for Chinese cupping therapy in Melbourne, make an appointment with Melbourne Acupuncture Wellness.
Chinese cupping therapy works by strategically applying small cups to the skin to create a vacuum or suction effect on a specifically targeted area. The vacuum will generally be created either by heating and then cooling the air in the cup, or with the assistance of a mechanical pump. With the cup held in place for up to 15 minutes at a time, the vacuum works to dispel lymphatic and blood stagnation while improving the Qi flow of the body. There are three primary methods of cupping: dry, wet and fire. A consultation with an experienced acupuncture cupping practitioner will determine which option best suits your needs.
One of the most obvious and visible side effects of cupping is the large cup size bruises that the treatment leaves behind. Whichever method of cupping therapy you opt for, potential side effects can vary. For example, fire cupping can leave some people with burns. Other common side effects include nausea, headaches, and scarring of the skin.
If the concept of traditional Chinese medicine cupping therapy appeals to you and you’d like to book a session, call our Melbourne acupuncture clinic today.